riggers wrote:Over the last decade Anatolians have been exported to Namibia and a breeding programme set up. They protect goats and other livestock from Cheetahs. Incredibly successfully. It has also helped save the Cheetah ( that's actually why the programme started ) as farmers no longer need to shoot them. They are also a beautiful dog. I'm sure they would solve your problem , but also add to your life in many other ways too.
Thanks for the tip, but I have since completed a zoo like fence around my property - it cost $400 000 to build - and that was doing a lot of the work myself - but unfortunately that's the price I had to pay to protect my free range poultry from Taiwan's free-range dogs. I previously had a chicken wire fence but that wasn't enough to prevent dogs from getting in. Anyway, that solves the problem for me, but my neighbour, a goat farmer, is losing lots of baby goats to a foreigner's dog. He had asked him to restrain his dogs on many occasions but he refused, insisting that his dogs needed to roam free. Finally the farmer was forced to call the police in order to get the dog owner to take action.
The antolian programme sounds interesting, though there is an important difference to the situation here. For one, the cheetah is an endangered, native animal whereas dogs are an out of control invasive species with numbers in plague proportions and they are taking a heavy toll on native wildlife populations and livestock. Ultimately, there is still only one real solution. Enforced de-sexing of all dogs unless you apply and pay for a breeders' license, and a program to force local dog owners to take repsonsibility for their dog packs, i.e: restrain them so that they are not out tearing your neighbour's animals from limb to limb. For me it's breathtaking arrogance and selfishness on the part of dog owners (many of whom are foreigners, in this area at least) for them to think that their pet has some special right to kill other people's animals. If you don't want to tie them up, then build a fence. If you don't want to do either, then you are not a fit person to own a dog.
Recently a foreigner with free range dogs was saying that if he was a chicken farmer, then he would give a dog owner three chances to correct his behaviour if his flock was being slaughtered by dog attacks (and bear in mind that they don't just kill one - they will kill five or six in one go) before taking action. I then asked him that if I had a pit bull terrier that liked fighting and killing other dogs (and of course I would want it to roam 'free' because I wouldn't want to curtail its 'natural spirit'), then how many of his dogs (he has 4) would he allow it to tear to pieces before he took action?
As for dogs getting caught in traps, that only happens because the dog owner is letting them run amok - if they are out where the traps are then most likely they are out on a hunt and kill mission. Control your dog, as you are legally required to do so, and as you have to do in every developed country in the world, and you will never have a problem with your dog getting caught in a trap. Never. Problem solved. No one will ever come onto your property and set a trap to catch your dog. I am forever seeing FB photos of someone's poor darling dog who has lost a foot to a trap and accompanying blah blah blah about how evil the local aborigines are. However, I have never seen any dog/cat owner post photos of the much more horrific sight of a defenceless animal that has been literally torn to bits by their dogs and cats. Somehow that's perfectly fine.